KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher Luke Hochevar and third baseman Josh Fields are among the 20 Major Leaguers who have qualified for Super Two salary arbitration status this year.
This means they came from the top 17 percent of players with Major League service time between two and three years. Fields has two years, 159 days and Hochevar two years, 151 days of service.
"They're eligible for salary arbitration like a three-plus guy would be," said Royals vice president-baseball operations Dean Taylor. "The Super Two group is made up of the senior 17 percent of the two-year service class, so every year the union gets together with MLB and they determine [that] based solely on service time."
Gaining arbitration status typically means a big jump in salary for a player. Also, by getting it prior to the normal three years of service time, a player could go to arbitration four years instead of three before reaching free-agency status at six years of service.
Hochevar, who was the top Draft choice in 2006, got a head start in salary because he signed a four-year deal for $5.3 million through 2009 that escalated in value when he reached the Majors. Under a new contract in 2010, he earned $1.76 million for a season in which he posted a 6-6 record and a 4.81 ERA in just 18 games because of an elbow injury.
Fields, who made $422,000, missed most of the season after undergoing hip surgery and batted .306 in 13 games.
There are eight other Royals eligible for arbitration: pitchers Brian Anderson, Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies and Robinson Tejeda; infielders Wilson Betemit and Billy Butler; outfielder Alex Gordon; and catcher Brayan Pena.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.